You will get more out of the fair if you spend a little time preparing. Here is our advice on how to make the most of the event.
Be aware that there will be a mixture of all kinds of employers from all kinds of sectors on each floor - we deliberately mix exhibitors up.
We strongly encourage you to do some research on the exhibitors before the fair. You can view profiles on each exhibitor on this section of our website, just click on the relevant link from the menu on the right of this page to view the lists of exhibitors.
As well as reading the exhibitor profiles, click through to the organisation's own website to find out more about them. You can also look the exhibitors up on SAGE to get more detailed information on the opportunities they are recruiting for.
You can then decide which exhibitors you particularly want to talk to, and you will be able to ask more informed questions. Try to prepare some questions in advance and think about the main points that you would want an organisation to know about you - it can help you feel more confident.
At the fair, each exhibiting organisation has a stand and their reps are there to answer your questions about what the organisation does, what jobs they offer to final year students and graduates, what vacation work or placements they provide to earlier year students, and any other opportunities that they offer.
Wherever possible, try to talk to someone on the stand instead of just picking up a brochure. Use the opportunity to ask your questions face-to-face.
If you are feeling a bit nervous about approaching your first choice organisation, it can be a good idea to visit some other stands first to practise your technique.
If you are given a business card, make a point soon afterwards of noting on it anything that it would be useful to remember. Have they suggested you email them with further questions? Did they give you advice on their recruitment process?
Even if you have a ‘hit list’ of exhibitors, consider other organisations at the fair that are less well known. They might be offering just what you are looking for.
This article was published on Aug 13, 2010